ERIC Number: ED365291
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Oct-15
Reference Count: N/A
Federal/State Regulatory Enhancement, Cost Allocation, and CATV/TELCO Distance Learning Initiatives in Connecticut.
Pietras, Jesse John
Connecticut has adopted a moderate approach to communications infrastructure modernization, covering a 4-year implementation period from 1993 to 1996. The state's remote educational framework, with regulatory enhancements, will allow the state to be technologically competitive with neighboring states as it allows subscribers to use evolving technologies. The Connecticut State Department of Public Utility Control has recently embarked on this regulatory structure to facilitate quality of instructional programming for the state's 26 cable franchise operators (CATV) and other telecommunications (TELCO) operators. The state has progressed from having no regulatory policy on remote educational policy to adopting regulations compelling implementation of quality standards and making information available on the extent and magnitude of instructional programming, as well as assessing the significance of interconnecting institutions across the state. What remains unclear in Connecticut is the cost allocation for the remote educational programs. It remains to be seen how operators will allocate costs corresponding to distance learning. Formation of the statewide informational distance learning network will produce positive outcomes that include increased teacher professionalism, expanded understanding among members of the educational community, and overcoming barriers to learning. Three tables illustrate the discussion. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Connecticut; Information Infrastructure; Regulatory Agencies; Regulatory Programs; Remote Electronic Access Delivery of Information
Note: Paper presented at the Michigan State University Conference on Public Utility Regulation (Williamsburg, VA, December 13-16, 1993).